The Bigger the Government, The Smaller the Citizen

Recap of October 19th Westside 9-12 meeting

Team,

We started the meeting yesterday with a guest speaker. Keith Corman who is a member of Jon Husted’s campaign team spoke about the position of Secretary of State. We discussed gerrymandering districts, early voting and the decision by Jennifer Brunner’s (current S.O.S.) decision to open the Board of Elections last Sunday and this upcoming Sunday. Keith stated that due to the low turn out of voters the cost per voter was $45 to do this (number of voters divided by the cost of paying the employees to come in on Sunday). Adding insult to injury, only certain counties offered this. The ones that were most likely to benefit Democrats. Jon Husted is running for Secretary of State. http://www.hustedforohio.com/

Matt received several responses to his candidate survey. I have posted the results on our blog: https://westside912.wordpress.com/

Gary & Jeff discussed the Green Township Trustee meetings and the fact that the trustees are passing resolutions on the same day that the resolution is first introduced. The resolutions are not posted anywhere in advance of the meeting so there is no opportunity for the citizens to consider the resolutions prior to the meeting. Citizens are allowed to introduce resolutions as well. Gary has proposed that we introduce a resolution that requires all resolutions to be discussed at two separate meetings before they are voted on. This will allow for an opportunity for discussion and any opposition by citizens to be heard. Although no petitions are required to introduce a resolution, Gary suggested we collect at least 300 signatures in order to show the trustees that citizens are backing the resolution. We agreed that this is a worthy project and will be working on it after the election.

Speaking of after the election, we hope to have a lot to celebrate at our next meeting. We discussed the need to monitor the newly elected officials at all levels of government. Mike Ruehl came up with the idea of having several members of the team adopt a politician and track what they are doing on a weekly basis. We suggested introducing ourselves to these officials and letting them know what we expect them to restore our liberties and that we will be watching them. We will need plenty of volunteers to make this work. We will be brainstorming other ways to monitor the officials so please bring your ideas to the next meeting.

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, October 28th – 5,000 Year Leap class – Principle 2: A Virtuous and Moral People
Thursday, November 4th – Westside 9-12 meeting
Wednesday, November 10th – 5,000 Year Leap class – Principle 3: Virtuous and Moral Leaders
Monday, November 29th – 5,000 Year Leap class – Principle 4: The Role of Religion
All meetings start at 7 PM and are held at the Green Township library

Results of Matt’s Candidate Survey – Court of Common Pleas

Judge Nadine Allen replied to the survey. Here are the results:

1. Nine Principles and Twelve Values   Y*

2. Supports informing the jury of their right to judge the law and facts N

3.  Refrains from unprofessional conduct, ridiculing litigants  Y

4.  Rank the following (1= most important, 4 = least)

Judicial precedents  (not ranked)

Inalienable rights endowed by the Creator  (not ranked)

U.S. Constitution  1.

Other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances  (not ranked)

5. Equal treatment regardless of race, religion, and socioeconomic background  Y

Court of Common Pleas – Additional Comments

1. Do you agree with the Nine Principles and Twelve Values of the 912 Project (see back of this page)?

Eight Principles- yes. The Ninth Principle I take to mean that the government is of the people, by the people and for the people, as expressed by the majority in our democracy. It is not accurate that the government is subject to the desires of separate individuals when it has been addressed by the will of the majority, through the legislative branch.

2. Do you (or if you have never held a judgeship, would you, if elected) inform the jury of their right to judge the law as well as the facts?

No. That would be a violation of the oath of judicial office and the juror’s oath; the US Constitution, and the Ohio Constitution. A judge could be removed or disciplined for failure to properly charge a jury.

3. Do you always act (or intend to, if elected) professionally in court, refraining from making demeaning comments about the litigants’ morals, beliefs, and religious practices?

Absolutely yes. I do refrain.

4. Rank the following according to the order of importance when you make a decision or ruling in a case (1 = always trumps everything else, 4 = the last thing considered):

inalienable rights endowed by the Creator _____

judicial precedents __

U.S. Constitution _1

other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances _____

These concepts are simultaneously considered and are not in conflict as they are reflected in our Oath and U.S. laws.

5. Do you refrain from showing preferential treatment to a litigant on the basis of race, religion, and socioeconomic background?

Yes I do not show preferential treatment. I proposed many of the policies while on the Ham Co Municipal Court, still followed today, which make certain programs uniformly applied and available for all the eligible participants in this community. These programs make our streets safer reduce jail population and save tax dollars, by placing 1000s of drug/ alcohol offenders in the alternative jail where they receive treatment and have become sober, law-abiding citizens; helped 3000 drivers become licensed and insured motorists; diverted 1000s into several Diversion programs; and created scarce jail space for violent, dangerous criminals.

Results of Matt’s Candidate Survey – County Auditor

Dusty Rhodes replied to the survey. Here are the results:

1. Nine Principles and Twelve Values Y
2. Fundamental Rights are unalienable Y
3.  Supports a formal dictionary of legal terms in Ohio Law Y
4. Sheriff should be supreme governmental authority Y
5. Authority of Federal agents limited, warrant required Y
6.  Supports gold and silver coins as only legal tender Y
7.  Would report illegal immigrants Y
8.  Rank the following (1= most important, 4 = least)
economic benefit 4
inalienable rights endowed by the Creator 1
U.S. Constitution 2
other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances 3

Results of Matt’s Candidate Survey – Board of Education District 4

Mary Welsh Schlueter & John Spohn replied to the survey. Here are the results:

The first column is Schlueter and the second column is Spohn

1. Nine Principles and Twelve Values                                         Y             Y

2. Constitutions should be taught in every Ohio school.        Y             Y

3. Supports vouchers or other education offsets.                     Y             Y

4. Schools should be under local control.                                  N            Y

5. Allow parents to opt out of objectionable curricula.           Y             Y

Board of Education Survey – Additional Comments

1. Do you agree with the Nine Principles and Twelve Values of the 912 Project (see back of this page)?

John Spohn – I would also add loyalty or honor.

2. Do you believe that the constitutions of both the United States and the State of Ohio should be taught in every Ohio school?

John Spohn – Growing up in Illinois, both were taught and this has given me an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an individual or government.

4. Do you believe that Ohio public schools should only be regulated on the county or local level of government?

John Spohn – The local community should bear the real responsibility of education next to the parents.

Mary Welsh Schlueter – State gives 40% of funding to districts. It has right to oversee spending of funds

5. Many parents object to their children being exposed to comprehensive sex education, science classes in which it is taught that there are no reasonable alternatives to the general theory of evolution, and other parts of the curriculum. Do you support allowing parents to opt their children out of portions of the public school’s curriculum which they find objectionable on religious or moral grounds?

John Spohn – Yes, again my parents had that option and they took the responsibility to educate me in these areas, giving me and my siblings a more fuller understanding in many areas of belief.

Results of Matt’s Candidate Survey – County Commissioner

Here are Chris Monzel’s answers to Matt’s questions for County Commissioner:

Chris Monzel Jim Tarbell
1. Nine Principles and Twelve Values Y
2. Fundamental Rights are unalienable Y
3. Sheriff should be supreme governmental authority Y
4. Authority of Federal agents limited, warrant required Y Has not
5. Schools should be under local control. Y yet
6.  Strict enforcement of federal immigration laws Y answered
7.  Free enterprise is the best system Y the
8.  Rank the following (1= most important, 4 = least) survey
economic benefit 4
inalienable rights endowed by the Creator 1
U.S. Constitution 2
other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances 3

Hamilton County Commissioner Survey – Additional Comments

3. Do you believe that the Sheriff should be the supreme governmental authority for enforcing the Ohio Constitution within his respective county?

Chris Monzel – The Sheriff is the county’s chief law enforcement with duties to maintain the peace, operate the jail, attend the courts (security), investigate crimes, and execute processes (deliver or serve a variety of legal documents including subpoenas, summons, lawsuits…in addition the Sheriff also presents property evictions, seizes and sell property ordered to be sold by a court).

4. Do you believe that Federal and foreign agents should be prohibited from exercising enforcement powers within Hamilton County except by and through the Sheriff and only upon presentment of a valid judicial warrant?

Chris Monzel – The Sheriff should be notified via valid certification (judicial
warrant etc.) before Federal or other foreign agents exercise their enforcement powers within the county.

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